• Every brand has digital 3D transformation challenges from those just beginning to those already deep in digital. What digital software and tools fit what you want to accomplish? How do you set up new digital workflows? How do you reorganize or form new teams? What new talent is needed?

     

    To help brands get it right and keep getting better, FDRA and The Footwearists will be holding a series of online seminars — Digital (3D) FLOW (Footwear industry Learning Optimal Workflow) focused on helping every footwear brand successfully execute digital (3D) transformations through in-depth case studies, best practices, and specialized training. These will help:

    • executives, managers, and directors strategize and understand how to set up digital programs, establish and manage successful digital workflows and talent, and prepare for what's next, including using 3D designs for online sales generators.
    • designers, technical developers, innovators, and faculty of footwear schools—the ones doing the daily digital work—get deep insights on platforms and exact training on digital software and tools to improve efficiency and productivity.

  • Digital Seminar Series

    Customize your training by choosing 1, 2 or all of our digital courses suited to your needs and what skills gaps you want to fill. Each track is composed of six video sessions around a specific focus, and includes:

    • Six digital videos with industry leaders and digital experts discussing 1 major topic where they go deep and give tips, strategy, best practices on software and workflow.
    • A packet of resources given immediately after the session—video, articles, demos, training tools—for deeper dives on the topic to build your knowledge further.
    • A video conference roundtable that we will host several days after the video session, to facilitate questions you have and cover anything we missed that you want to discuss with the speakers and experts.

    Tracks are just $75 each, and $250 for all 4 sessions.

    Digital Design & Prototyping

    May 2020

    • Laying the Foundations

    • Choosing the Right Digital Design

    • Digital Materials

    • Prototyping

    E-Commerce & Marketing

    Fall 2020 Date TBA

    • Digital Visual Marketing Options

    • Virtual Prototyping

    • Customization
    • E-Commerce Options

    Manufacturing & Automation

    Date TBA

    • Connect Design & Manufacturing
    • Automated Manufacturing
    • Digital Manufacturing
    • Customization in Manufacturing

    Big Data and Circularity

    Date TBA

    • Big Data
    • Generative Design Systems
    • Optimize Cradle to Gate
    • Using Data to Close the Loop
  • Why Footwear Leads and Professionals MUST Attend:

    THE CHALLENGE: ‘Digitization’ is what every brand is reaching for because it increases speed to market, reduces costs, optimizes creativity and profit while increasing sustainability—yet lack of knowledge and real step-by-step examples and best practices on digital design, development and manufacturing is hindering our industry’s true digital transformation.

     

    Over the past two years, FDRA and The Footwearists have successfully collaborated on organizing international conferences for footwear design, development, and innovation. Yet these events and our conversations with nearly every major brand made it crystal clear that one subject urgently needs more in-depth education: the digital transformation of the entire footwear supply chain. Whether companies are just at the beginning of this process or already have experience, EVERYONE struggles with how to structure their digital workflow most effectively. Companies who are just starting out struggle with what part of their product cycle they want to transform—Design? Development? 3D Prototyping?—and what software will fit their needs in addition to restructuring workflows around this. With limited budgets and time, it’s important to get this right! Companies who have already started their transformation also struggle with reorganization of workflow, and find they are often lacking people with the right digital skills to make it happen. We realized that costly events where software suppliers simply show their latest developments, often not fully focused on footwear, leave the audience overwhelmed and confused as to how they actually apply what they learn to their specific situation. Footwear designers and development teams also lack critical training on 3D software platforms and other tools. Targeted training is vital to helping them use these tools effectively and creatively.

  • Who are these digital seminars for?

    For brands not yet started or just beginning their digitization journey—you will obtain critical information on the basics of digitization, from what software exists to accomplish what you want to accomplish, to how to set up successful digital workflows, to what talent you need to be successful.

     

    For the digital trailblazers already deep in ‘digital’—you will hear new ideas and advanced concepts around big data, how digital can solve circularity issues, and a roundtable discussing new ideas, best practices, setting standards, and what software providers should do to better help the industry.

     

    Footwear professionals encouraged to attend these various events—upper management to operational level, product development and innovation, manufacturing, sales, distribution, retail and human resources, and suppliers of digital technologies for all these segments. Examples of job titles that should attend include: Design Directors, Directors and VPs of Product Development, Heads of Human Resources and Development, Sourcing Executives, Manufacturing Directors, IT/Software Integration Leads, Innovation Teams.

     

    PICK AND CHOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO LEARN BASED ON WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR DIGITAL JOURNEY!

  • What can you expect to learn?

    Each track is designed for a different target group so that everyone can get the information they need. Takeaways attendees can expect:

    • What design software and tools are best for your specific digital needs (projects or program)
    • How to make 3D printing work with your digital program
    • How you should structure workflow to ensure your digital program succeeds
    • How to better use digital software and tools to get more productivity and speed
    • New 3D ideas, tips and best practices
    • New digital software and tools being developed for shoes
    • Better use of data to improve your digital program
    • How to use 3D models for retail and consumer engagement
    • What's coming next in digital tools and uses
  • Seminar Hosts & Interviewers

    Meet your hosts for Digital 3D FLOW! Speakers for each Track can be found on each Track page.

    Founder and Creative Director
    The Footwearists

    Nico's expertise includes applying new digital and biological technologies to footwear. She has been 3D printing wearable shoes for three years, teaching and consulting on the specialty. For over 25 years she has consulted with leading footwear brands around the world, including Timberland, Vans, Birkenstock, CAT and Diesel, machine manufacturers like Atom, and material suppliers like Stahl. Nico guest lectures at various universities on broad future vision and creating original and effective solutions both for start-ups and established companies.

    Senior Vice President
    FDRA

    Andy oversees FDRA’s communications, reports, events, and advocacy strategies. He heads up FDRA’s innovation working group which develops education programs and unites innovation directors and executives across the industry to solve common challenges. Andy has helped companies understand emerging digital design and development programs via 3D technologies, as well as software that improves development and supply chain management. He also helped develop a digital material database called Material Exchange.